Russian olive


: a Eurasian large shrub or small tree (Elaeagnus angustifolia) of the oleaster family that has silvery foliage and is widely cultivated especially as an ornamental or as a shelterbelt plant

Examples of Russian olive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mounds of mulch from ground-up invasive trees, including a crop of Russian olives, have been used to mitigate dust. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Aug. 2023 Ragweed, mesquite, junipers and Russian olive trees produce less showy flowers but some of the most vexatious airborne irritants. The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2023 Water-sucking invasive Russian olive began springing up in the watershed, further degrading water quality and wildlife habitat. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Dec. 2022 Meanwhile invasive Russian olive and tamarisk trees have moved in beneath the canopy, all fire-prone species. Jim Robbins, Wired, 25 June 2022 Late Thursday, authorities ordered residents to evacuate from the roughly 70 homes amid the sage, poplars and Russian olive trees that line the shallow, alkali lake. Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021 Wake up to waves crashing along the shoreline, then explore the dunes at Napeague Harbor, take a hike through Russian olive and pine trees, and surf or kayak in the ocean. Maura Fox, Outside Online, 28 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Russian olive was in 1886

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“Russian olive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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